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Libby* was raped by a distant relative and suffered in silence until her mother learned she was pregnant.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Libby’s* life was upended when an older relative sexually assaulted her in their impoverished Kenyan community. Though he tried to cover up the attack, Libby bravely testified against him and kept the baby born from the abuse.
NAIROBI, KENYA – In one terrifying day, Anthony and Silas were snatched from their daily lives and thrown into a crowded Kenya prison—a nightmare they would share for the next two and a half years. Their only crime: being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
IJM Manila has been working on this case since 2008.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 40 years in prison and convicted for raping his daughter, Marikit.* IJM has been working on this case since 2008, and IJM Manila attorney Ralph Catedral was grateful to make the phone call to tell Marikit and her mother the news.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – A year after a man broke into his neighbors' home and sexually assaulted 6-year-old Vivi* and her 8-year-old sister, Mery*, he pled guilty and confessed to the violent crime. He was sentenced to a decade in prison in a plea bargain settled on March 7, 2014.
Global media have reported on this case of stunning violence and sexual abuse over the past eight years. Cambodia's leading newspaper, The Phonm Penh Post, reports on the news of Pepe's sentence after a multi-year legal battle.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Eight years after retired U.S. Marine Michael Pepe was arrested and charged for systematically and sadistically abusing young children in Cambodia, he has been found guilty and sentenced to 210 years in prison.
IJM Kenya stands up for children like Stephany and makes sure their abusers are held accountable under local laws.
NAIROBI, KENYA – It took great bravery for Stephany* to speak up against her father after a brutal rape, but the young girl's courage has helped to keep her family safe. This week, IJM Kenya helped to secure her father's conviction, and he was sent to prison for life. After the tough, year-long trial, IJM lawyer Mark Kones said, "The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they still grind."
The slaves had been moved from site to site, forced to sleep in makeshift tents
CHENNAI, INDIA – Last week IJM helped rescue families that had been enslaved for about six years. Eleven adults and a 15-year-old boy were forced to work in the woodcutting operation; the small children were growing up in this life of slavery, with no hope of another future in sight.
13-year-old Pharis was sleeping by a shopping kiosk, like this one in Nairobi, when a stranger posing as a “Good Samaritan” brought him to a hotel and then sexually assaulted him.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Pharis was only 13 years old when he survived a terrifying rape by a man he thought was a “Good Samaritan.” But with help from local police and IJM Kenya, he can now live in peace: This week, the man who attacked him was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Government officials gathered the forced labor slaves in an office courtyard to grant official release certificates to 28 people, including children as young as 5.
DELHI, INDIA – On the second day of the new year, IJM helped rescue 33 people from a life of slavery in a brick factory. Twenty-eight people, including children as young as 5, received release certificates that emancipate them from slavery.
IJM Mumbai lawyer Renita Menezes worked diligently on this case for years.
MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex.

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